Industrial Ecology Seminar: John Harvey

March 03, 2016
3:00 pm

John Harvey, a professor in the UC Davis Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will speak at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, in 1003 Kemper Hall, on the UC Davis campus. His presentation is titled “Rethinking Pavements and Urban Hardscape for 2025, a Draft Version.” Admission is free.

John Harvey, a professor in the UC Davis Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

John Harvey, a professor in the UC Davis Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Harvey joined the UC Davis College of Engineering in 2002, after having spent 13 years at UC Berkeley. He also consulted for four years in Nigeria and Texas. His research focuses on pavement engineering, including materials, construction, design, management, life-cycle cost and environmental life-cycle assessment.

Harvey is chair of the UC Davis Transportation Technology and Policy Graduate Group. He also directs the University of California Pavement Research Center (UCPRC), which has an ongoing Caltrans Division of Research and Innovation (DRI)-sponsored project — the Partnered Pavement Research Center (PPRC) — for the research and development of a wide range of pavement technology. Harvey and the UCPRC were profiled on National Public Radio in February 2012, in a report titled “Pounding Pavement in Search of a Smoother Drive.”

During an earlier project with Caltrans, Harvey initiated the investigation of construction productivity for concrete and asphalt long-life pavement strategies via construction methods, and the interaction of construction productivity and traffic in urban networks around large construction projects. He remains closely involved in this research area with colleagues at Caltrans and the PPRC.

This Winter 2016 Seminar Series is hosted by the UC Davis Industrial Ecology (IE) Program. Each seminar topic is open to research founded on principles of industrial ecology (even if the research wasn’t originally conceived in terms of IE). Industrial ecology is “the study of the flows of materials and energy in industrial and consumer activities, or more broadly the effects of these flows on the environment, and of the influences of economic, political, regulatory and social factors on the flow, use and transformation of resources.” (White, R. 1994. Preface. The Greening of Industrial Ecosystems, edited by B. R. Allenby and R. J. Deanna. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press.) Design practices — such as green chemistry and green engineering; urban metabolism; life cycle assessment; emission or nutrient flow analyses; environmental impact assessment, and nearly all systematic analyses of resource and waste flows (to land, water and air) — all fall within the scope of industrial ecology.

The seminars gives students, staff and faculty an opportunity to learn more about industrial ecology, and the UC Davis faculty and students who are conducting IE-related research.

The winter quarter series features three programs, all held in 1003 Kemper Hall. Each seminar includes a 40–45-minute presentation, followed by a 15–20-minute Q&A session. The series began February 25, with a presentation by Deborah Bennett; and will conclude March 10, with a talk by Sonja Brodt.

Room 1003, Kemper Hall

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